Sanders says $3.5 trillion social spending bill ‘should be minimum’
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said on Sunday that his initial $6 trillion infrastructure plan was “probably too little” and the current $3.5 trillion social spending package “should be minimal.”
“The $6 trillion that I originally proposed was probably too little. Three-and-a-half trillion should be the minimum. But I accept that there will be give and take,” Sanders said Sunday, referring to ABC News’s “This Week.” Said happened. For this summer he put forward a $6 trillion infrastructure plan.
“vote after vote Shows that what we are doing is exactly what the American people want. It is not what the big money interest wants, not what the lobbyist wants. This is what the American people want,” he said.
Biden lacks mandate to get Bernie Sanders’ domestic agenda through Congress
Moderate, progressive and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is grappling with a $1 trillion infrastructure deal and a $3.5 trillion social spending package. The bill includes progressive programs such as tuition-free community colleges, expanded Medicare, a universal preschool program.
Joe Manchin and Kirsten Cinema, two of Sanders’ Democratic allies in the Senate, doubled last week that they would not support the higher price tag on the reconciliation bill, calling for it to be reduced to $1.5 trillion.
Despite the infighting, Sanders said in the interview with an optimistic tone, “We’re going to win this thing,” adding that the American people are “very, very strongly on our side.”
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“They want this reconciliation bill to be paid for by plugging the loopholes that the rich and big corporations enjoy. So we have the American people, very, very strongly. We’ve got the President of the United States on our side.” 96% of the Democratic caucus members in the House are on our side. We’ve got everyone but two senators at this point, and the Democratic caucus is on our side. We’re going to win this thing. We’re going to fight for our crumbling infrastructure. We are going to pass a strong infrastructure bill for reconstruction. And we are going to pass a conciliation bill.”
Pelosi pulled a vote on the infrastructure bill twice last week after progressives in the House increased their power and kept it until a vote on the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill was passed. Pelosi has now set an October 31 deadline for the infrastructure vote.